'''John Milton''' (9 December 16088 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist
, man of letters
, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England
under Oliver Cromwell
. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poetry|epic poem
'' (1667), written in blank verse
Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated ''Areopagitica
'' (1644)—written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship—is among history's most influential and impassioned defences of free speech and freedom of the press.
's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author,"
[McCalman 2001 p. 605.]
and he remains...